The Kings Theatre Portsmouth & National Theatre Connections Join Forces
The Kings Youth Theatre is continuing its support of new writing, with the senior group performing a completely new piece of work, Mobile Phone Show, penned by award-winning author Jim Cartwright on Sunday 17th February as part of National Theatre Connections, a celebration of new writing and youths putting on theatrical performances which spans the whole of the UK.
‘Connections’ is produced by the National Theatre in London and is supported by a variety of individuals, trusts, and foundations, all with the aim of inspiring 13-19 year olds with new top-notch playwriting, whilst providing companies with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to take the plays to the stage and encourage young people to get involved at all steps in the process of breathing dramatic life into mere words on a page.
Every year, exciting new plays are commissioned for young people, sourced from some of the greatest modern-day playwrights, intended for performance by schools and youth theatres across the nation. Connections is one of the world’s largest celebrations of youth theatre around today.
The Kings’ youth theatre group will be performing the Mobile Phone Show by Jim Cartwright — described as “a communication cacophony, a fully charged-up chorus line of chaos in a rhapsody of rap, text, tweet, and gabble from the author of Rise and Fall of Little Voice.”
Jo Bennington, Youth Theatre co-ordinator at The Kings, said: “I never expected to actually get through the selection process. It was such a thrill finding out that the youth theatre had been chosen to participate! The chance to be exposed to the whole process is priceless both for myself and the youth theatre members. From making history in being one of the first groups to perform a brand new piece of professional writing, to getting the chance to tour the piece to other theatres. You would never normally get the chance to do this. It’s an amazing opportunity.”
Book your tickets for the night through The Kings Theatre website here, follow them on Twitter, Like them on Facebook, and check out the National Theatre Connections site here. See the event on our calendar.